Tok Pisin phrasebook

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Tok Pisin (or Pidgin) is spoken in Papua New Guinea, and is closely related to Pijin blong Solomon (Solomon Islands), Bislama (Vanuatu), and Ailan Tok (Torres Strait); these Bislamic languages are descended from a pidgin which formed around 1820 or 1860. The vocabulary is 5/6 Indo-European (mostly English, some German, Portuguese, and Latin), 1/7 Malayo-Polynesian, and the rest Trans-New-Guinea and other languages. The grammar is creolized and unlike those of the source languages.

Notable features of Tok Pisin include the frequent suffix -pela, which is used to pluralize personal pronouns and mark that an adjective or number is modifying a noun, and the suffix -im, which usually indicates a transitive verb. Many words are reduplicated, which may make a completely different word (sip ship, sipsip sheep), form a derivative (tok word, talk, language, toktok conversation, phrase), or just be part of the word (pukpuk means crocodile, but there is no word puk).

Pronunciation Guide[edit]

Vowels[edit]

like father
like set or name
like hit or machine
like squawk, fork, or home
like soup

Consonants[edit]

like bed
like dog
like fun or a bilabial fricative; often interchangeable with "p"
like go
like help
like judge; only word-initial
like keep
like love
like mother
like nice
like pig; often interchangeable with "f"
trill or flap
like sue or zoo
like top
like five
like weigh
like yes

Common diphthongs[edit]

ai 
like time (taim), trying (traim), or offering (without the "r") (ofaim), depending on the word
au 
like cow

Phrase list[edit]

Basics[edit]

Hello. 
Gude. (goo-DAY)
Hello. (informal
Hi. Hai. (HIGH)
How are you? 
Yu stap gut? (yoo stahp goot?)
Fine, thank you. 
Mi stap gut. (mee stahp goot)
What is your name? 
Husat nem bilong yu? (HOO-zaht naym bee-LONG yoo?)
My name is ______ . 
Nem bilong mi emi ______ . (naym bee-LONG mee em ee _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
Gutpela long bungim yu. (GOOT-peh-lah long BOONG-im YOO)
Please. 
Plis. (plees)
Thank you. 
Tenkyu. (TENK-yoo)
You're welcome. 
Nogat samting. (NO-gaht sahm-ting)
Yes. 
Yes. (YESS)
No. 
Nogat. (noh-GAHT)
Excuse me. (getting attention
Skius. (skyooz)
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Skius. (skyooz)
I'm [very] sorry. 
Mi sori [tumas]. (mee SOH-ree [too-MAHS])
Goodbye 
Gutbai. (GOOT-bigh.)
Goodbye (informal
Lukim yu bihain. (LOO-keem yoo bee-HIGHN)
I can't speak tok Pisin [well]. 
Mi no save [gut] long Tok Pisin. (mee noh SAH-vay [goot] long tohk PIH-zin)
Do you speak English? 
Yu save long tok Inglis, a? (yoo SAH-veh long tohk ING-glis ah?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Husat i save long tok Inglis? (hoo-ZAHT ee SAH-veh long tohk ING-glis?)
Help! 
Help! (HEHLP!)
Good morning. 
Moning/Moning tru/Moning nau (MOHN-ing/MOHN-ing troo/MOHN-ing now)
Good night. 
Gut nait. (guhd NIGHT)
Good night (to sleep
Gut nait. (good NIGHT)
I don't understand. 
Mi no harim tok bilong yu. (mee noh HAH-reem tawk bee-LONG yoo)
Enough of all this talking! 
Maski long planti toktok! (MAHS-kee long PLAHN-tee TOHK-tohk!)
Where is the toilet? 
Smolhaus i stap we? (SMOLL-hows ee stahp WEH?)

Problems[edit]

Leave me alone. 
Larim mi. (lah-rim mee)
Don't touch me! 
Noken holim mi! (no-kehn hole-im mee)
I'll call the police. 
Mi bai singautim polis. (mee buy sing-out-im pole-ees)
Police! 
Polis! (Pole-ees!)
Stop! Thief! 
Holim! Raskol! (hole-im! rahs-kohl)
I need your help. 
Mi nidim halivim bilong yu. (mee nee-dim hah-lee-vim bee-long yoo)
It's an emergency. 
Dispela em wanpela imegensi. (dis-pela em one-pela ee-meh-jen-see)
I'm lost. 
Mi no inap painim rot bilong mi. (mee no ee-nahp phai-nim rote bee-long mee)
I lost my bag. 
Mi lusim bek/bilum bilong mi. (mee loo-sim bek/bee-loom bee-long mee)
I lost my wallet. 
Mi lusim hanpaus bilong mi. (mee loo-sim hahn-pows bee-long mee)
I'm sick. 
Mi pilim sik. (mee pheel-im seek)
I've been injured. 
Mi kisim birua/asua. (me kiss-im bee-roo-ah/ah-soo-ah)
I need a doctor. 
Mi nidim dokta. (me need-eem dohk-tah)
Can I use your phone? 
Inap mi yusim telefon bilong yu? (ee-nahp mee you-sim tele-fohn bee-long you?)

Numbers[edit]

The forms ending in -pela are used when the number is followed by a noun other than a unit of measurement and is counting that noun, unless the number already has -pela in it. So tu kilok is a time of day, but tupela kilok is a pair of timepieces.

wan(pela) (WAN(-peh-lah))
tu(pela) (TOO(-peh-lah))
tri(pela) (TREE(-peh-lah))
foa, fopela (FOH-ah, FOH-peh-lah)
faiv, faipela (FIGHV, FIGH-peh-lah)
sikis(pela) (SIH-kiss(-peh-lah))
seven(pela) (SEH-ven(-peh-lah))
et(pela) (AYT(-peh-lah))
nain(pela) (NIGHN(-peh-lah))
10 
ten(pela) (TEN(-peh-lah))
11 
wanpela ten wan (...), eleven
12 
wanpela ten tu (...), twelv
13 
wanpela ten tri (...), tetin
14 
wanpela ten foa (...), fotin
15 
wanpela ten faiv (...), fiftin
16 
wanpela ten sikis (...), sikistin
17 
wanpela ten seven (...), seventin
18 
wanpela ten et (...), etin
19 
wanpela ten nain (...), naintin
20 
tupela ten (...), twenti
21 
tupela ten wan (...), twentiwan
22 
tupela ten tu (...), twentitu
23 
tupela ten tri (...), twentitri
30 
tripela ten (...), teti
40 
fopela ten (...), foti
50 
faipela ten (...), fifti
60 
sikispela ten (...), sikisti
70 
sevenpela ten (...), seventi
80 
etpela ten (...), eti
90 
nainpela ten (...), nainti
100 
wan handet (...)
200 
tu handet (...)
300 
tri handet (...)
1000 
tausen (...)
2000 
tu tausen (...)
1,000,000 
wan milien (...)
number _____ (train, bus, etc.
namba _____ (...)
half 
hap (...)
less 
ananit (...)
more 
antap (...)

Time[edit]

now 
nau (now)
later 
bihain (bee-HIGHN)
before 
bipo (BEE-poh)
morning 
moning (MOH-neeng)
afternoon 
apinun (ah-pee-NOON)
night 
nait (night)

Clock time[edit]

one o'clock PM 
wan kilok (long san) AM (...)
two o'clock PM 
tu kilok (long apinun) (...)
noon 
belo (...)
one o'clock AM 
wan kilok (long) biknait (...)
two o'clock AM 
tu kilok (long) biknait (...)
midnight 
biknait (BIK-night)

Duration[edit]

_____ minute(s) 
_____ minit (MIH-nit)
_____ hour(s) 
_____ aua (OW-ah)
_____ day(s) 
_____ de (day)
_____ week(s) 
_____ wik (week)
_____ month(s) 
_____ mun (moon)
_____ year(s) 
_____ yia (YEE-ah)

Days[edit]

today 
tude (tu-deh)
yesterday 
asde (as-deh)
tomorrow 
tumora (tu-mora)
this week 
dispela wik (...)
last week 
wik igo pinis (')
next week 
wik bihain (')
Sunday 
Sande (...)
Monday 
Mande (...)
Tuesday 
Tunde (...)
Wednesday 
Trinde (...)
Thursday 
Fonde (...)
Friday 
Fraide (...)
Saturday 
Sarere (sah-reh-reh)

Months[edit]

January 
Jenueri / Wan mun (JEN-oo-eh-ree)
February 
Februeri / Tu mun (FEB-roo-eh-ree)
March 
Mars / Tri mun (mahrs)
April 
Epril / Foa mun (EPP-reel)
May 
Mei / Faif mun (may)
June 
Jun / Sikis mun (joon)
July 
Julai / Sewen mun (joo-LIGH)
August 
Ogas / Eit mun (AW-goose)
September 
Septemba / Nain mun (sep-TEM-bah)
October 
Oktoba / Ten mun (ock-TOH-bah)
November 
Novemba / Ilewen mun (noh-VEM-bah)
December 
Disemba / Twelf mun (dee-SEM-bah)

Writing Time and Date[edit]

Give some examples how to write clock times and dates if it differs from English.

Colors[edit]

black 
blak(pela) (...)
white 
wait(pela) (...)
gray 
gre(pela) (...)
red 
ret(pela) (...)
blue 
blu(pela) (...)
yellow 
yelo(pela) (...)
green 
grin(pela) (...)
orange 
orange (...)
purple 
hap ret (...)
brown 
braun(pela) (...)

Transportation[edit]

Bus[edit]

How much is a ticket to _____? 
Hamas long baim tiket igo long _____? (...)
One ticket to _____, please. 
Wanpela tiket long _____, plis. (...)
Where does this plane/bus go? 
Displa balus/bas em i go long we? (...)
Where is the plane/bus to _____? 
Balus/bas i go long _____ em we? (...)
Does this plane/bus stop in _____? 
Dispela balus/bas bai go tu long _____? (...)
When does the plane/bus for _____ leave? 
Wanem taim bas balus/bas i go? (...)
When will this plane/bus arrive in _____? 
Wanem taim bai dispela balus/bas kamap long _____? (...)

Directions[edit]

How do I get to _____ ? 
Bai mi go long _____ olsem wanem? (mee GO long _____ OLL-saym WAH-naym?)
...the bus station? 
ples bilong wetim bas? (PLAYS bee-long WAY-teem BUS)
...the airport? 
ples balus? (pleys BAH-loos)
Note: balus also means "pigeon".
...downtown? 
namel long taun? (NAH-mel long TOWN?)
...the _____ hotel? 
... _____ hotel? (...)
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
...American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? (...)
Where are there a lot of... 
I gat planti ... we? (WEH ee gaht PLAHN-tee ...)
...hotels? 
...hotel (...)
...restaurants? 
haus kaikai (hows KIGH-kigh?)
...bars? 
...bars (...)
...sites to see? 
...ol samting long lukim (...)
Can you show me on the map? 
Yu inap soim me rot long pepa map? (...)
street 
rot (...)
Turn left. 
Tanim long lephan. (TAHN-ihm lehp)
Turn right. 
Tanim long raithan. (TAHN-ihm right)
left 
lephan (lehp-hahn)
right 
raithan (right-hahn)
straight ahead 
stret (strayt)
towards the _____ 
go long _____ (...)
past the _____ 
lusim _____ (...)
before the _____ 
bipo long _____ (...)
Watch for the _____. 
Lukaut long _____. (...)
intersection 
intersection (...)
north 
not (noht)
south 
saut (sowt)
east 
is (ees)
west 
wes (wehs)
uphill 
i go antap (...)
downhill 
i go daun (...)

Taxi[edit]

Taxi! 
Taxi! (...)
Take me to _____, please. 
Mi laik go long _____, plis. (...)
How much does it cost to get to _____? 
Bai kostim hamas long go long _____? (...)
Take me there, please. 
Karim mi i go, plis. (...)

Lodging[edit]

Do you have any rooms available? 
I gat sampela rum? (...)
How much is a room for one person/two people? 
Rum long wanpela man/tupela man bai kostim hamas? (...)
Does the room come with... 
Rum igat... (...)
...bedsheets? 
...bedsit? (...)
...a bathroom? 
...smolhaus? (...)
...a telephone? 
...telefon? (...)
...a TV? 
...TV? (...)
May I see the room first? 
Inap mi lukim rum pastaim? (...)
Do you have anything quieter? 
Igat wanpela rum i no gat planti nois? (...)
...bigger? 
Igat wanpela rum i moa bikpela? (...)
...cleaner? 
Igat wanpela rum i moa klin? (...)
...cheaper? 
Igat wanpela rum we prais i go daun liklik? (...)
OK, I'll take it. 
Gutpela, mi laikim. (...)
I will stay for _____ night(s). 
Bai mi stap long _____ nait. (...)
Can you suggest another hotel? 
Inap yu tokim mi long narapela gutpela hotel? (...)
Do you have a safe? 
Sampla kain safe stap oh? (...)
...lockers? 
...lockers? (...)
Is breakfast/supper included? 
Is breakfast/supper included? (...)
What time is breakfast/supper? 
Wanem taim bai yumi kaikai nau morning? (...)
supper 
kaikai long nait (KIGH-kigh lohng night)
breakfast
kaikai long moningtaim (KIGH-kigh lohng MOH-ning-tighm)
Please clean my room. 
Inap yu klinim rum bilong mi? (...)
Can you wake me at _____? 
Bai yu kirapim mi long _____, a? (...)
I want to check out. 
I want to check out. (...)

Money[edit]

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
yupla save kisim moni bilong America/Ostrelia/Keneda ? (...)
Do you accept British pounds? 
Yupla save kisim moni bilong Inglan? (...)
Do you accept credit cards? 
Yupla save kisim kredit kad? (...)
Can you change money for me? 
Inap yu senisim moni bilong mi? (...)
Where can I get money changed? 
Bai mi inap senisim moni bilong mi long we? (...)
Can you change a traveler's check for me? 
Inap yu senisim dispela trevelas sek bilong mi? (...)
Where can I get a traveler's check changed? 
Bai mi senisim trevelas sek we? (...)
What is the exchange rate? 
What is the exchange rate? (...)
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? 
ATM i stap we? (...)

Eating[edit]

A table for one person/two people, please. 
Wanpela tebol bilong wanpela/tupela, plis. (...)
Can I look at the menu, please? 
Inap mi lukim menyu plis? (ee-NAHP mee LOOK-im MEHN-yoo plees)
Can I look in the kitchen? 
Inap mi lukluk insait long kitsen (...)
Is there a house specialty? 
Is there a house specialty? (...) NEEDS TO BE TRANSLATED
Is there a local specialty? 
Is there a local specialty? (...) NEEDS TO BE TRANSLATED
I'm a vegetarian. 
Mi no kaikai mit. (mee noh KIGH-kigh meet)
I don't eat pork. 
Mi tambu long kaikai pik. (mee TAHM-boo long pik)
I don't eat beef. 
Mi tambu long kaikai bulmakau. (mee TAHM-boo long BOOL-mah-kow)
I only eat kosher food. 
I only eat kosher food. (...) NEEDS TO BE TRANSLATED
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard
Can you make it "lite", please? (...)NEEDS TO BE TRANSLATED
fixed-price meal 
fixed-price meal (...) NEEDS TO BE TRANSLATED
à la carte 
à la carte (...) NEEDS TO BE TRANSLATED, asking for a menu might help.
breakfast 
kaikai long moningtaim (KIGH-kigh lohng MOH-ning-tighm)
lunch 
kaikai bilong belo (KIGH-kigh bee-lohng beh-LOH)
tea (meal
ti (...)
supper 
kaikai long nait (KIGH-kigh lohng night)
I want _____. 
Mi laikim _____. (...)
I want a dish containing _____. 
Mi laikim kaikai igat _____. (...)
chicken 
kakaruk (KAH-kah-rook)
beef 
bulmakau (BOOL-mah-kow)
fish 
pis (pis)
lamb/mutton 
sipsip (SEEP-seep)
ham 
lek bilong pik (lek bee-long PIK)
sausage 
sosis (...)
milk 
susu (SOO-soo)
cheese 
sis (seess)
eggs 
kiau (kyow)
salad 
salad (...)
(fresh) vegetables 
kumu
(fresh) fruit 
(nupela) prut ((NOO-peh-lah) proot)
lemon 
moli (MOLL-ee)
orange 
switmoli (SWEET-moll-ee)
pineapple 
painap (PIGH-nahp), ananas (ah-nah-NAHS)
bread 
bret (bret)
biscuit 
drai bisket (DRIGH-bis-ket)
noodles 
nudal (NOO-dahl)
rice 
rais (righs)
beans 
bin (been)
May I have a glass of _____? 
Mi laikim wanpela glas _____? (...)
May I have a cup of _____? 
Mi laikim wanpela kap _____? (...)
May I have a bottle of _____? 
Mi laikim wanpela botol _____? (...)
coffee 
kofi (...)
tea (drink
ti (...)
juice 
jus (...)
(bubbly) water 
mineral wara (...)
water 
wara (WAH-rah)
beer 
bia (BEE-ah)
red/white wine 
retpela/waitpela wain (REHT-peh-lah/WIGHT-peh-lah wighn)
May I have some _____? 
Mi laikim sampela _____ (...)
salt 
sol (...)
black pepper 
Bilakpla pepa (...)
This also means betel ; butter : bata (BAH-tah)
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
Sori, weta? (SOH-ree, WEH-tah)
I'm finished. 
Mi kaikai pinis. (mee KIGH-kigh PIH-nis)
It was delicious. 
Kaikai em swit nogut tru (...)
Please clear the plates. 
Plis inap yu rausim ol pelet. (...)
The check, please. 
Mi laik baim bil blong kaikai bilong mi. (')

Bars[edit]

Do you serve alcohol? 
Yu save salim alkahol? (...)
Is there table service? 
Igat tabel sevis? (...)
A beer/two beers, please. 
Wanpla bia/tupla bia, plis. (...)
A glass of red/white wine, please. 
Wanpla galas-ret wain plis. (...)
A pint, please. 
Wanpela pint bia, plis. (...)
A bottle, please. 
Wanpela botol, plis. (...)
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please. 
_____ na _____, plis. (...)
whiskey 
wiski (WIH-skee)
vodka 
vodka (...)
rum 
rum (...)
water 
wara (WAH-rah)
club soda 
club soda (...)
tonic water 
tonic wara (...)
orange juice 
orange juice (...)
Coke (soda
Coke, lolli wara (...)
Do you have any bar snacks? 
Do you have any bar snacks? (...)
One more, please. 
wanpela moa, plis. (...)
Another round, please. 
Wanpla raun ken/gen, plis. (...)
When is closing time? 
Wanem taim bai yupela pas? (...)

Shopping[edit]

Do you have this in my size? 
Yu gat dispela long sais blong mi tu? (...)
How much is this? 
Hamas long dispela? (hah-MAHS lohng DIS-pe-lah)
That's too expensive. 
Prais i antap tumas. (prighs ee ahn-TAHP too-MAHS)
Would you take _____? 
Inap mi baim long _____? (...)
expensive 
dia tumas (DEE-yah too-MAHS)
cheap 
daun (down)
I can't afford it. 
moni bilong mi no nap. (...)
I don't want it. 
Mi les long dispela. (...)
You're cheating me. 
Yu wok long giamanim mi!. (...)
I'm not interested. 
Mi no laikim tumas. (..)
OK, I'll take it. 
Koan, bai mi kisim. (koh-ahn, bigh mee KEE-sim)
Can I have a bag? 
Can I have a bag? (...)
Do you ship (overseas)? 
Yu save salim (ovasis)? (...)
I need... 
Mi laikim... (mee LIGH-keem)
...toothpaste. 
...sop bilong tit. (sohp bi-LOHNG teet)
...a toothbrush. 
...bras bilong tit. (brahs bi-LOHNG teet)
...tampons. 
...ol tampon. (...)
...soap. 
...sop. (sohp)
...shampoo. 
...sop blong garas. (sohp blhong gah-rahs)
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen
...marasin long rausim pen. (...)
...cold medicine. 
...marasin bilong kus. (...)
...stomach medicine. 
...marasin bilong bel i pen. (...)
...a razor. 
...resa. (RAY-sah)
...an umbrella. 
...umbarela. (...)
...sunblock lotion. 
...sunblock lotion. (...)
...a postcard. 
...poskat. (POHS-kaht)
...postage stamps. 
...stem. (stehm)
...batteries. 
...betri. (...)
...writing paper. 
...pepa. (peh-pah)
...a pen. 
...pen. (pehn)
...English-language books. 
...buk long tok Inglis. (...)
...English-language magazines. 
...magasin long tok Inglis. (...)
...an English-language newspaper. 
...niuspepa long tok Inglis. (...)
...an English-English dictionary. 
...dikseneri long tok Inglis. (...)

Driving[edit]

I want to rent a car. 
Mi laik rentim kar. (...)
Can I get insurance? 
Inap mi kisim insurens? (...)
stop (on a street sign
stop (...)
one way 
one way (...)
yield 
give way (...)
no parking 
no parking (SORI TUMAS NOKIN PARKIM KA HIA...)
speed limit 
speed limit (...)
service (petrol, gas) station 
sevis steisen (...)
petrol 
bensin (BEHN-seen)
diesel 
diesel (...)

Authority[edit]

I haven't done anything wrong. 
Mi no wokim wanpela samting i rong. (...)
It was a misunderstanding. 
mipela faul olgeta (...)
Where are you taking me? 
Yu kisim mi go long we? (...)
Am I under arrest? 
Am I under arrest? (...)
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. 
Mi manmeri bilong Amerika/Ostrelia/Briten/Kanada. (...)
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. 
Mi mas toktok wantaim American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. (...)
I want to talk to a lawyer. 
Mi laik toktok long wanpela loia. (...)
Can I just pay a fine now? 
Inap mi baim fain nau tasol? (...)

See also[edit]

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